Welcome to my refreshed Monday Peeve! Unburden yourself of an annoyance and you’ll feel better afterward. Or not. Complain in my comments or crab in your own post. Doesn’t have to be on a Monday. You do you.
Some of you may not have heard of the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, but I’ve known about it for a long time. My peeve is that it exists at all and I’m not the only one ~ they got sued by LinkedIn for data-scraping, but LinkedIn lost. That is unfortunate, imo. How it works is that the WM periodically takes “screenshots” of the internet and posts links back to the original content, so they aren’t “stealing” it, but if you delete something, there’s a chance they’ve already grabbed it. I hate that. Obviously, I have a big stake in this because I like to erase my footprints and start over when the mood takes me, but a lot of my stuff is up there, from 2004 on.
I don’t mind so much that Google has garbage I posted in Groups (and when people quoted my posts). I accept that, even though I don’t love it. Those threads remain in context, at least, and you can see what was going on, if you want to. But blog posts just float out there like balloons, unmoored from their context. It bothers me a lot that there is no easy way to get the IA to take them down. They will ~ but it’s a giant pain in the butt.
The only bright side is that when I went on my frenzy of deleting posts and media recently, I inadvertently trashed my header image and couldn’t find it on my computer. So… I went to the Wayback Machine and fished the image out of their scrapings.
Image is mine, altered from the original on Pixabay.
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